Richard A. Sherman: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Richard A. Sherman

Providence,  RI  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Project Finance and Infrastructure
  • Environmental
  • Commercial/Transactional
  • Compliance & Permitting
  • Energy & Cleantech
University Brown University, A.B., 1968
Law SchoolUniversity of Denver, J.D., with honors, 1974
Admitted1974, Rhode Island and U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island; 1977, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit


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Rhode Island Bar Association

BornProvidence, Rhode Island, April 25, 1946

Richard has extensive experience in the area of environmental law, including federal, state and local licensing and permitting of various major commercial and industrial facilities; Brownfields site remediation and redevelopment; matters involving air pollution, water pollution, land use planning and development; freshwater and coastal wetlands; historic preservation; hazardous waste and solid waste disposal; and regulatory compliance, litigation and enforcement. Richard also advises clients on the environmental aspects of mergers, acquisitions, disposition of assets and financings. Richard is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and is listed in the Environmental Law section of The Best Lawyers In America.

Richard's clients include national, regional and local businesses, industries and individuals, and he advises these clients on a myriad of environmental planning, permitting and enforcement matters, including representing them before federal and state courts and regulatory agencies.

•Richard represented the responsible party in connection with natural resources damages assessment, remediation and litigation arising out of a major oil spill off the coast of Rhode Island.

•Richard was involved in the representation of a client in the licensing, permitting, construction, financing and operations matters of a combined cycle 500 MW electric generating facility.

•He was involved in the representation of a client in the ownership and operation of the largest municipal/commercial solid waste landfill in Rhode Island.

•He has represented a client in the licensing and permitting of a 1500-slip marina/waterfront recreational facility.

•Richard represented a client in the investigation and remediation of a former steel manufacturing site and the redevelopment of the site for mixed commercial and residential use.

Before Edwards Wildman

Between college and law school, Richard graduated from Naval Officer Candidate School and served as a junior officer aboard USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711).

Besides Edwards Wildman

Richard is a past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Society of Environmental Professionals, serves as the President of the Nopes Island Conservation Association, is a member of the Board of Governors of Weekapaug Yacht Club, and serves on the Bioethics Committee of Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.


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Richard A. Sherman

2800 Financial Plaza
ProvidenceRI 02903


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